Legislative Fellowship Summer 2020

NCPG’s Legislative Fellowship program is an opportunity for those with a demonstrated interest in government and advocacy to gain direct experience in real-world applications of public policy.

This is an exciting time to be involved with an experienced team in learning and observing legislative and regulatory operations in a challenging environment with constantly changing developments. Be part of a hard-working but fun team that is making a difference in the lives of millions.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, government actions on sports betting and internet gambling are accelerating rapidly. At the same time, the needs of people affected by problem gambling are rising as more people start gambling online, or try to address other negative situations in their lives through gambling. Yet help for the addiction is even less available than before, and there is great opportunity to build on recent successes to advocate for funding and services to address this hidden yet widespread addiction.

The Fellow supports NCPG advocacy programs with Congress and Executive agencies. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • conduct research into legislation and regulations
  • write and edit fact sheets, issue briefs and reports
  • draft and deliver correspondence
  • monitor legislative developments
  • attend press conferences, briefings, hearings and meetings
  • conduct research and write articles for publication
  • assist the NCPG Legislative Director, Executive Director and other staff in other aspects of NCPG’s Federal and state advocacy and government relations programs.

The 2020 Fellowship runs during the summer months – dates are flexible to some extent, but usually fall between June 1 and September 15. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, work will be carried out remotely – although if the intern lives in the DC area, if health guidelines allow, some in-person work may be an option. The intern is required to supply their own computer or laptop, internet access, phone and phone service.

Interested individuals should send an introductory letter of interest and resume to Barbara Rollins, Deputy Director for Advancement, at BarbaraR@ncpgambling.org.

NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist people and families affected by the whole spectrum of gambling addiction, and is the only national organization working in the problem gambling field. NCPG was founded in 1972 and is based in downtown Washington, DC. It has 35 state affiliate chapters with a national office responsible for gambling-related legislative and policy issues in health, education, commerce, criminal justice, telecommunications, Native American, defense and legal fields. Approximately 5 million people per year directly experience gambling problems, and each on affects 7 to 20 other people in their personal circle, with sometimes tragic outcomes of job loss, criminal justice involvement, homelessness for whole families, and even suicide.